Super Bowl Sunday is the time for athleticism, national pride, and crass commercialism — and if you don’t think that’s Hollywood’s Christmas, you need to binge-watch The Rock’s entire filmography immediately.
This year, squeezed between weepy car commercials going all-American and pronouncements of “Dilly Dilly,” some of 2018’s biggest movies have been condensed into 30-second snippets. In the “Big Game” spots — the NFL legally bars studios from dubbing anything a “Super Bowl” preview — the special effects are flashy and the stars are lit. Enjoy all the movie trailers that debuted during Super Bowl LII below, endlessly loopable for your escapist pleasure. (And check back during the game — we’ll be updating all night!)
Avengers: Infinity War
Release date: May 4 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: You’re either in or out with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there’s not much to say here beyond: please, please, please work. This Avengers threequel, the mega-franchise’s 19th movie over all, unites every character under the sun for a showdown against a purple, bald, galactic douchenozzle known as Thanos. If the Russos can actually juggle the characters and raise the stakes — you know not everyone is going to survive this chapter — then Infinity War should be as biblical as it sounds. If not… well, Cap got a cool new shield.
Premiere date: Summer 2018 Where to see it: Hulu What it’s about: If you love Stephen King, this show isn’t just for you — you were frickin’ born to watch it. Set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, The Knick‘s Andre Holland stars as Henry Deaver, an attorney who returns home to deal with… something. The Super Bowl trailer doesn’t have many plot details but it’s got lots of scary stuff. Just the mention of “Shawshank Department of Correction” is enough to send a chill down a King junkie’s spine.
The Cloverfield Paradox
Release date: February 4 Where to see it: On Netflix What it’s about: Producer J.J. Abrams and the streaming service surprised Super Bowl audiences with the above look at the latest chapter in the Cloverfield franchise, which is debuting… immediately after the game. Connecting directly with the 2008 original, Paradox is a space-bound adventure that we’ll all be losing our minds over in a few hours. Because we’re crazy, we immediately went from celebrating the Eagles win to streaming this thriller… and we have thoughts.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Release date: June 22 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: The trailer for this monstrous follow-up takes Pratt’s raptor trainer Owen Grady and Howard’s park manager Claire back to Isla Nubar to save the revived species from an exploding volcano. While Jurassic World was a messy remix of Spielberg’s original, the sequel has room to push the story forward… which makes the escape-from-the-lava action teased in the trailer a little mystifying. But they also make it to the mainland? And there are weaponized dinosaurs? Maybe it’s a loose remake of The Lost World: Jurassic Park? A speedy dino chomps a guy with a machine gun, so whatever, we’re in.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
Release date: July 27 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: Tom Cruise injured himself in a headline-making way while jumping off a building for the sixth installment of the M:I franchise. While there’s a twisty story that builds off what writer-director Christopher McQuarrie established in Rogue Nation (including bringing back Rebecca Ferguson’s female spy Ilsa Faust), Fallout is most notable for pushing the star to the bond-crushing edge. The trailer lives up to the grisly hype. It’s gorgeous stunt after gorgeous stunt.
A Quiet Place
Release date: April 6 Where to see it: In theaters Why we’re excited: The latest directorial effort from The Office veteran John Krasinski feels like a spiritual sequel to Get Out, a horror film directed by a comedic actor with a fresh twist. He and his real-life wife, Emily Blunt, star as two parents who live on a desolate farm and try to keep their kids as quiet as possible from whatever violent entity lurks in the shadows. But even sign language can’t save the family when whatever paranormal thing starts provoking their peeps.
Release date: March 2 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: Trained in the art of seduction, psychological profiling, and likely (because this is an adaptation of an award-winning thriller) ass-kicking, Dominika Egorova (Lawrence) is as fierce as Russian spies come. A romantic run-in with an undercover CIA agent throws her off her game, the perfect throwback scenario for a certified movie star like Jennifer Lawrence.
Release date: July 13 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: According to Universal Pictures, Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper character, Will Sawyer, is a former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. When the “tallest, safest building in the world” suddenly catches fire, Will has to save the day. Oh, and he’s also been framed for the arson. OH! His family is also trapped inside the building. So… The Towering Inferno plus Die Hard plus The Fugitive plus a massive steroid injection. Sure.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Release date: May 25 Where to see it: In theaters What it’s about: The latest Star Wars prequel recounts the early days of the Corellian smuggler (with Alden Ehrenreich swapping in for Harrison Ford). We’ll see everything from the acquisition of the Millennium Falcon to his partnership with Chewbacca to his time running with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). Other than that, we have no idea where the movie will go, besides forward towards the events of Star Wars (1977) and The Force Awakens. Ron Howard (The Da Vinci Code) took over for original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, ensuring that the “funny” Star Wars is still “Star Wars,” whatever that really means these days.
Westworld (Season 2)
Premiere date: April TBD Where to see it: HBO What it’s about: The puzzling Westworld Season 1 ended with the “dysfunctional” host Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) gaining enough sentience to defy her marching orders and murder a handful of park residents — including the chief roboticist Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins). Assuming Season 2 picks up afterward, expect Dolores’s journey down the maze to continue, alongside the elderly version of her former love William a.k.a. The Man in Black (Ed Harris). Trying to decode anything more would be futile.Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.
Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.
What is special about the year of the Rabbit?
As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.
What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?
There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.
New South Wales
Darling Harbour Fireworks When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.
Dragon Boat Races When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.
Lion Dances When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.
Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.
Auntie Philter When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.
Lunar New Year Festival When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.
BriAsia Festival When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.
Chinatown Adelaide Street Party When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.
Crown Perth When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.